20,000th on Excellerator

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 12:20 AM
Wow you guys are taking some of these comments way too seriously. There's probably many people that think going on a coaster message board is sad. So what? It's not to us and that's what matters.

I don't think Jeff, myself, or anyone that thinks that would be a boring sad life is attacking the guy personally. I (and I would assume most others that havecommented above) hope he has a joyful, happy life doing this and gets a special Xcellerator themed room in heaven someday. If he enjoys it, good for him. For me, it would be a much different story.

*** Edited 1/24/2007 5:24:34 AM UTC by Peabody***

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 12:35 AM
But it's much easier to make your "point" if you imply someone is a cold, heartless bastard.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 12:58 AM
I think I liked it better when you two argued about wood coaster conservation efforts ;)
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 2:00 AM
We mock that which we don't understand! ;)

That guy is a real dork! :)

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 7:01 AM
I don't feel like going back and quoting the actual post (is that "sad"? :) ) but it was said somewhere I believe on page 2 that Jeff was being "picked on" because he was the one that maintained his position.

Umm.. So? I could care less what his opinion is, regardless if it's the same as mine, and it rarely is. However, whether we agree or not, I have to respect that he isn't one to change his opinion just because someone else attacks it.

"I feel this way..."
"NO! HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT YOU DON'T KNOW THE PERSON!!!!!!1111one"
"Ok, let me change what I think because you think I'm wrong"

That's just crazy talk! (My opinion, as always YMMV)

I also find it funny the people who are attacking Jeff because he makes "assumptions" and "doesn't know" the guy. Yes, and you're making assumptions about a particular webmaster who is stronger than a jellyfish and stands up to his opinions. pot....kettle... any further questions?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not defending or attacking Jeff, Peabody, Mr. Kreiger, or even the people allegedly attacking Jeff/Peabody.. I just find the irony quite amusing in this thread. :)

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 8:57 AM
No one is attacking anyone, from what I can see. My major complaint was someone making assumptions about a person he doesn't even know when, in the past, he has complained of me doing the same thing. That, and the fact that some people feel they can judge the quality of a person's life because they do something that others don't understand. That's all. It's not about "bringing down the webmaster" of anything like that... at least not for me. If all I wanted to do was bring down the webmaster, THAT would be sad.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 9:22 AM

dannerman said:
Umm.. So? I could care less what his opinion is, regardless if it's the same as mine, and it rarely is. However, whether we agree or not, I have to respect that he isn't one to change his opinion just because someone else attacks it.
Suddenly I feel so understood. I think I need a hug. :)
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 10:17 AM
Where does a thread go from "20,000 rides in less than 4 years is a little odd" to "that's no different than spending your free time watching TV" to "you can't have any opinions about anything outside your own life," except on CoasterBuzz. :) I think everyone has lost sight of the fact that, yeah, this is different.

I think it's safe to say there's something a little off when speaking of a person who rides a bike 15 miles each way to do nothing but ride the same ride over and over again until the park closes.

I personally don't get why people plan vacations around coaster trips, seek out small rural parks to get a credit, or all the other things enthusiasts do. But that's fine. Nothing about those things stray from normal behavior, because "normal" is a wide open category. Some of you probably don't understand my obsession with Penn State football, or the fact that I love going to Disney World, or anything else I might do. Everyone has different interests and we're all a little quirky. But at some point, it's possible to go beyond quirky.

I'm not judging him as a person. I don't know anything about him outside of the article. But I can certainly make a call about the behavior. What's normal and what is not normal is subjective, yes, but when a behavior reaches a certain point, most people should be able to agree on where it falls. If he spent that much time in the park, but did a variety of activities, I don't think anyone would view that as moving into the 'strange' category. Might not be what I'd do with my free time, but still within the realm of normal behavior. Riding this thing 60, 80, 100 times a day for weeks and years, that's excessive, and perhaps compulsive.

Being productive or contributing to society doesn't factor into whether an activity is normal or not. That's being argued here, but it doesn't really matter. It does not mean the behavior is destructive, evil, wrong, or stupid, although each person may form their own opinion on they think. It doesn't mean he's hurting anyone. It doesn't mean he's a bad person. It doesn't mean he needs to fix something. But let's not pretend it's normal.

*** Edited 1/24/2007 3:24:36 PM UTC by Gemini***

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 10:36 AM
Sad is nasai has to "kill kittens every day." I guess Holidog gets all the action. ;) <-note the winkie

And nasai probably didn't get a jacket or certificate for his actions. :)

At least this guy probably spends more time riding coasters than posting about them. ;)

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 10:37 AM
^^ Thank you, Walt...

P.S. If it were "normal", it wouldn't have made the "news"... ;)

*** Edited 1/24/2007 3:38:16 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 10:45 AM
At least he has a "regular" exercise program. ;)
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 10:49 AM
Gemini: Not everybody seeks out small rural parks just to "get a credit." Some of us greatly prefer small rural parks to the large behemoths.

Now back to your regularly scheduled Jeff-teasing.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 10:51 AM
I think you missed my point.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 11:00 AM
No I didn't. I just didn't care for your flippant attitude towards small parks. You're free to fail to understand why people go to small parks, just be sure you fail to understand for the right reasons! :)
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 11:04 AM
Yes, you totally missed Walt's point. His comment about rural parks was directed at credit whores who go out of their way to only ride the coasters at a small park, not those enthusiasts that go to small parks to enjoy the entire park.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 11:10 AM
I didn't "totally miss the point." Overanalyzed, maybe.
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007 11:32 AM
You did miss my point. My point was completely about what is and is not considered normal behavior. This is not a discussion about small amusement parks.

I used the example of someone going out of his/her way to ride a coaster so they could add it to their track record as something an enthusiast might do. I then said that although I may not do that myself, there's nothing about the behavior that falls outside of normal.

Perhaps you are really sensitive about some sort of small park/large park issue (if such an debate exists, I guess?), but don't use that to extend my post beyond what it is. I never said small parks have no value. I did not say the only reason an enthusiast goes to a small park is to build their track record. Not only are those inaccurate assumptions on your part, but they have absolutely, positively nothing to do with the discussion going on here.

*** Edited 1/24/2007 4:33:35 PM UTC by Gemini***

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